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FORT EDWARDS Capon Bridge WV

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When:
October 28, 2017 @ 11:00 am – October 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
2017-10-28T11:00:00-04:00
2017-10-29T14:00:00-04:00
Where:
Fort Edwards
350 Cold Stream Rd
Capon Bridge, WV 26711
USA

Left click to enlarge picture

3d topo map

Charles Hall, the historian for Fort Edwards provides a great view of what we miss from our cars driving through

Captain Mercer’s Company of the Virginia Regiment

coming to camp out,

and to discuss location

of the  Battle of the Great Cacapon,

October 28, 2017 Saturday.

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Mercer’s Company Encampment & Lecture on Mercer’s Massacre,

Confirm events at

http://www.fortedwards.org/calendar.htm

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There will be a presentation and discussion about the site of the Battle of the Great Cacapon outside of Fort Edwards.

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The Captain Mercer Company of the Virginia Regiment will be there.

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Some of the Mercer Company of the VA Regiment shown here at the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County VA

Captain George Mercer is brother

to Captain John Fenton Mercer

who was killed at this Battle of the Great Cacapon.

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The Mercer family is big.

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Their father was Colonel George Washington’s lawyer

and fellow member of the Ohio Company

pursuing land for these its company members.

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And their father had probably one of the biggest

libraries in Virginia at the time,

and this fact is honored by George Mason University

having a library names the Mercer Library.

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The “Virginia Blues”, posing with General Braddock at the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County

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Captain George Mercer is also aide de camp to Colonel George Washington.

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Also Captain George Mercer and Colonel George Washington constantly travelled to and through Fort Edwards.

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Compiled and written by Jim Moyer in 2015, updated 2/28/2017,  3/3/2017, 4/21/2017, 9/8/17, 10/22/2017


A FEW STORIES

REGARDING FORT EDWARDS


Below this section are the calendar of events and past event.

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But, in the meantime, here’s a few stories

of the ghosts who haunt this place,

and who continue to haunt our imaginations.

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EASTER SUNDAY

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Fort Loudoun Day in Winchester VA, in May 2017, Mark Tooley of the Fort Edwards Foundation in forefront.

Easter Sunday was April 18, 1756.

On that day the Battle of the Great Cacapon 

was fought outside Fort Edwards.

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This is according to the Gregorian Calendar

authorized by the Pope in 1582

but not approved and fully enacted until 1752.

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Daniel Morgan

Daniel Morgan was convalescing in that fort

from a bullet shot through his neck out his mouth 2 days prior.

He no doubt heard the noise of that battle.

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INCIDENTS BEFORE THE BATTLE

And a day before Daniel Morgan’s adventure,

400 Indians were wildly claimed to have surrounded Fort Ashby.

At the end of March or beginning of April,

was the Battle of the Trough.

And all around this time Indians were everywhere

picking off “straglers”

as Col George Washington would write Lt Gov Dinwiddie

on the same day as the

 Battle of Cacapon whose news didn’t reach Winchester yet.

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KILLBUCK

Typical of Killbuck’s modus operandi. Lure the Whites out of the fort.  He used to live with the Whites. He knew them. They’ll come out.  Then Killbuck and friend run off. Make the Whites chase you. Set the trap way in advance. Lead them to the Ambush. Killbuck used this approach many times before and after.

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The additional benefit of this approach is other troops will come out of the fort as reinforcements – because they can hear the battle from the fort.

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In this particular battle, though, The reinforcing troops afraid of friendly fire, retreated.  But, there were brave men WHO did come out and who had to do so. This was their duty.  The Indians thought it folly but they still marveled at it.

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The Battle Site?

Will you find the spot near the fort where all this happened?

It’s a beautiful area.  Good for an afternoon.

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But before you go.

Click on the House. That’s Fort Edwards in Capon Bridge WV.  

The three Skull & Cross Bones are

the suggested sites of the Battle of the Great Cacapon.  

Perhaps some local historians in the area can tell us the spot.

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Read this summary.

Battle of the Great Cacapon – Wikipedia overview.

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During that battle, an unknown wagoner under Captain “Jack” John Ashby’s command and who made all his glory in the War for Independence but who got all his wounds in this war, lay convalescing from a shot by an Indian chasing him on horse back. The Indian shot him through the neck and out his mouth. Daniel Morgan made it to safety back to Fort Edwards and while convalescing, probably heard the sounds of this battle.  Read about Daniel Morgan.

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AFTER THIS BATTLE?

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MERCER AT A COUNCIL OF WAR IN WINCHESTER VA
April 21, 1756
The Captains of the Council of War agreed to stay in Winchester rather than go to Fort Cumberland. “…The most judicious of the Inhabitants solicited our continuation here in the most earnest manner; and represented in the strongest light, the impossibility of their making a stand, should any accident happen to the small party we proposed marching with…”

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See letters Washington writes on the same day of this Council of War in Winchester VA.

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appeal to gw from winchesterWhat made this moment that precipitated the decision of the Council of War in Winchester VA famous?  An illustration captioned “The People of Winchester Appealing to Washington” in Washington Irving’s  Life of Washington (Volume 1 of 4) 1856. made this moment famous. Felix Darley drew it.  This picture on left is a copy and not Darley’s original.  We’re still looking for the original to show here.

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A painting based on Darley’s drawing appeared on the ceiling of the Empire Theatre on northwest corner of Rouss and Cameron streets.  After the Empire Theatre/ Capitol Theatre was torn down, Farmers and Merchants Bank acquired the property and recovered the painting and after restoring it, displayed it in the bank.  See Handley Library Archives photos of Empire Theatre.

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winchester appeal to peopleIn 1932 the bicentennial of Washington’s Birthday, another version was created. The Winchester Frederick County Historical Society commissioned the artist, Burtis Baker. The picture on the right shows a metal engraving used to help Burtis Baker paint his copy.  See link at Handley Library Archives.

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The final product by Burtis Baker’s version of Darley’s drawing, still exists in the west wall latest pictures and movies 001reading room of Handley Library.

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This is the picture shown here on the right, taken December 2015.  Click on any picture on this page to enlarge, then hit backspace to come back here.

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COURT MARTIALS

ON THE BATTLE OF THE GREAT CACAPON

May 2, 3, 4, 1756

Then the trials.

They were held in Winchester,

the headquarters for Colonel Washington.

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The Court Martials after the Battle of the Great Cacapon, cowardice and bravery just outside Fort Edwards. The sounds of the battle could be heard by the fort.

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MERCER’S COMPANY TO HELP BUILD FORT LOUDOUN
May 18, 1756
This is the date picked as the start of building Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.  The French and Indian War Foundation picks the Saturday closest to May 18 to celebrate the start of building Fort Loudoun as Fort Loudoun Day.

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fort_loudoun_drawingCaptain Mercer’s company is picked to provide carpenters to build it – along with carpenters from other companies.

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Washington in Winchester VA writes to Lt Col Adam Stephen (GW’s 2nd in command at Fort Cumberland), ” …I am also detained here [Winchester VA] to construct and erect a fort, which the Governor has ordered to be done with expedition3—As it will be necessary to have a number of Carpenters, &c. to carry on the work with spirit, and vigour; you are desired to send down all the men of Captain George Mercers Company; those that are there of Captain Bells—all the men that are really skilled in masonry: and if all these do not make up fifty—you are to complete the party to that number, out of the best Carpenters in other Companies…”

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See link on A Mercer Company’s Reenactors group is forming.

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MERCER AT COUNCIL OF WAR IN FORT CUMBERLAND
July 10, 1756
This council decides that the Virginia Regiment will own building of forts in Old Frederick County and Hampshire County, but the rest of the forts in the rest of Virginia, particularly the southern front will be relegated to a subordinate officer, Captain Peter Hogg.

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Orders, Correspondence before and after this Council of War.

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There’s story after story of troops constantly coming through back and forth by Fort Edwards.

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Calendar of Events 2017


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 Please Note: To offer help please call Clyde DeWitt (304-874-4291) or email Mark Jones (see Contact page) if you can spare us your time and talents.
Without new help, all our events & programs will suffer.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 The Colonial Feast

  • Held at the Ruritan Community Center on Rt. 50 at Cold Stream Rd. in Capon Bridge (old church building across from current Methodist Church)

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  • 5:30-6:30, doors open, set-up, prepare etc.
  • Dinner: 6:30-8:00 pm
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  • Silent Auction and 50-50 drawing during same period.
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  • Foundation President will give a short presentation on “The State of the Foundation.”
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  • The wearing of period clothing is a fun attribute of the feast and encouraged; not mandatory for attendance.
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  • Bring one or more dishes of the following: meat (incl: game, stews, fish, chowders, etc.), vegetables, desserts and/or breads. Please check back for more details as they become available.

Season opening on June 17, 2017 – Hampshire Family Frontier Day

Note: Opening event has been moved up a week; it is no longer the last Saturday in June.

  • Please check back for details as they become available.
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  • Maryland Forces will display soldier’s skills and customs.
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  • Many other features of the day for your enjoyment
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  • Opening Day for the Fort Edwards Visitor Center

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  • Held at our Visitor Center, 350 Cold Stream Road; however, check our directions as your GPS may not have the correct road name.

For more info Click Here

Wine and Cheese Party, September 9, 2-6 pm

   Note: this event is by invitation only and requires a fee. Please contact the President
if you would like an invitation; see contact page.


 

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We will be open on weekends from June 17 through October 8, 2016.

Our 2017 Calendar is not yet finalized. Keep checking back for updates!

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School Programs

Note: The Visitor Center may be open for the School Tour Program in Sept., Oct., April and May, but this is by pre-registration only. Call Robert Flanagan for information on the program (304)856-3866. School tours may be scheduled in the winter months, but those tours are limited to a mazimum of 30 students.

 

Driving Directions

For directions to our site see our roadmap page.

Your GPS may not have our new road name and number!

full menu at top left

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past Events

2016


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 Please Note: To offer help please call Clyde DeWitt (304-874-4291) or email Mark Jones (see Contact page) if you can spare us your time and talents.
Without new help, all our events & programs will suffer.

Season opening on June 18, 2016 – Hampshire Family Frontier Day

Note: Opening event has been moved up a week. It is no longer the last Saturday in June.

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  • Please check back for details as they become available.

  • Maryland Forces will display soldier’s skills and customs.

  • Many other features of the day for your enjoyment

  • Opening Day for the Fort Edwards Visitor Center

 

  • Held at our Visitor Center, 350 Cold Stream Road; however, check our directions as your GPS may not have the correct road name.

http://www.fortedwards.org/calendar.htm

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Saturday, April 16, 2016 The Colonial Feast

  • Held at the Ruritan Community Center on Rt. 50 at Cold Stream Rd. in Capon Bridge (old church building across from current Methodist Church)

  • 5:30-6:30, doors open, set-up, prepare etc. Dinner: 6:30-8:00 pm

  • Silent Auction and 50-50 drawing during same period.

  • Foundation President will give a short presentation on “The State of the Foundation.”

  • The wearing of period clothing is a fun attribute of the feast and encouraged; not mandatory for attendance.

  • Bring one or more dishes of the following: meat (incl: game, stews, fish, chowders, etc.), vegetables, desserts and/or breads. Please check back for more details as they become available.

Wine and Cheese Party

Note: this event is by invitation only and requires a fee. Please contact the President if you would like an invitation. See contact page.   http://www.fortedwards.org/contact.htm

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Past Events 2015


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Opening Weekend starts

Saturday June 27, 2015

Hampshire Family Frontier Day

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Fort Edwards Capon Bridge WV

open on weekends 10am to 3pm

from June 27 through October 4, 2015.

See Calendar for Fort Edwards.

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This website is extensive and well worth exploring:

http://www.fortedwards.org/ftedhome.htm

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Notes

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Netawatwees a chief of Delaware Indians

Netawatwees’ son was Bemino (John Killbuck Sr.), a renowned war leader on the French side during the French and Indian War. His grandson was Gelelemend (1737-1811), or John Killbuck Jr., a Delaware chief during the American Revolutionary War.

https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/15113884

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Why Fort Edwards celebrates a colonial feast each April

http://www.hampshirereview.com/living/article_9e0e667e-0243-11e6-8dc9-e3caf0fc8682.html

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